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Refer a friend and receive £100!

At Motion Vehicles, we know that many of our customers refer their friends and family to us when they are looking to buy or lease a vehicle for themselves or their businesses, because they’ve experienced our great customer service.

We like to say ‘thank you’ for this vote of confidence by awarding every successful referral with £100, starting 1st August 2018.

To refer us to someone you know, all you need to do is complete one of our Referral Forms available here, or e-mail us at getin@motionvehicles.com with your name and the details of your friend or family member, we’ll call you back to confirm the details of your friend so we can contact them and introduce ourselves.

We offer various options of leasing and purchase such as Finanse Lease, Contract Hire, Hire Purchase, Lease and Contract Purchase for all kinds of vehicles, cars and vans, either for personal or business purposes – we have something for everyone!

Remember to let your friend know that we’ll be in contact with them to have a quick chat about their needs. We won’t contact them with any other marketing offers and absolutely won’t hassle them.

To qualify as a referral, your friend must not already have made an enquiry with us, bought a  or leased the vehicle from us; we can only pay for referral forms or emails received by Motion Vehicles before your friend or family member contacts us.

There’s no limit on the number of people you can refer and when they take delivery of their car we will send you a cheque for £100.

 

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Best new cars 2018: models worth waiting for

SUVs and performance models lead the charge of the best new cars for 2018.

Whether you’re looking for a Ford or Ferrari, 2018 will see dozens of gleaming new cars arrive in Britain, with fresh designs, cutting-edge technology and even more choice than ever.

Expect a flood of new sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossovers, from the small Dacia Duster and Volkswagen T-Roc, to the ferocious Lamborghini Urus.

Sales of these taller vehicles have been surging in recent years, but there are still plenty of family cars arriving this year, headed by a brand new version of the Ford Focus, as well as a hi-tech Mercedes A-Class and redesigned Subaru Impreza.

The new Nissan Leaf, with a much larger range, could tempt more buyers into electric cars, as could the first electric hot hatchback – the BMW i3S.

And if you’re looking for driving fun, then this year won’t leave you short of options. There’s the affordable and zippy Ford Fiesta ST, as well as the Audi RS4 Avant, BMW M5 and Renault Megane RS in all-new guises plus something less familiar, the Hyundai i30N.

Scroll down for full details of 2018’s most exciting cars, or take advantage of the new models by grabbing a bargain on one of the outgoing versions.

 

New small cars 2018

2018 Suzuki Swift

On sale summer 2018  Price from £13,995 (estimated)

The old Swift Sport was eager as a puppy but as cheap to own as a stick insect. It put a smile on your face the second you turned the key. Suzuki will be hoping this all-new version has the same effect, especially given the relative lack of character from the rest of the range, launched earlier last year. It certainly looks good on paper: a 1.4 turbocharged engine producing 138hp in a car weighing less than 970kg.

More small cars coming in 2018

Audi A1
Renault Clio
Volkswagen up! GTI

 

New crossovers and SUVs 2018

2018 Volkswagen T-Roc

On sale Now  Price from £19,000 (est)

The name T-Roc is Volkswagen’s way of signposting this small SUV as a car for the youth who don’t want a fuddy duddy hatchback – even if the price means that it’ll be mostly middle-aged drivers who can afford it.

Smaller than the Tuguan and using the same mechanical parts as the Golf, the T-Roc should offer reasonable fuel economy, with the practicality of a higher roof that’s curved to make the car look sporty. The dashboard is straight out of the Golf but can be colour-matched to the exterior for a less grey look (VW promises some bold shades). There’s decent rear headroom thanks to a neat recess, while the boot is just a little bit bigger than that in the rival Audi Q2.

 

2018 Jaguar E-Pace

On sale: Early 2018; Price from £28,500

The baby brother to the F-Pace is around the size of an Audi Q3, one of its rivals, but looks a whole lot sportier. That’s because it draws some of its inspiration not from the XE saloon but from the F Type sports car. Not that it’s an impractical affair – the cabin is almost as roomy as an Audi Q5’s while the boot is a generous 577 litres, and has a low and wide opening. It’ll be powered by the usual array of petrol and diesel engines but will be front-wheel drive as standard, unusual for a car with sporty intentions. 

     

2018 BMW X2

On sale Now, deliveries from March  Price from £33,980

It’s no Lamborghini Urus, but the BMW X2 is a more realistic prospect for most buyers looking for an SUV with a sporty design. A similar size to the current BMW X1, this new car is claimed to deliver agile cornering and rapid acceleration as soon as you put your foot to the floor.

The car’s curvier looks mean that it’s likely to be less spacious and practical than the X1. It’s more expensive too, with prices around £3,000 higher than the equivalent X1.

 

2018 Dacia Duster

On sale Middle of 2018  Price from £9500 (est)

This SUV has been given a heavy makeover in the shape of a new look, fresh technology and a new interior but, says Dacia, it will continue to be the bargain the original always was. That’s important because the brand isn’t desirable enough to attract top prices. Still, with standard-fit LED running lights, smart silver highlights on the exterior and larger 17in wheels on top-spec versions it looks like the new Duster is quietly moving up market. Inside, there are soft-touch materials, plus a dashboard angled towards the driver, just like in a BMW.

2018 Ford EcoSport

On sale Now  Price from £15,800 (est)

The EcoSport has recently been Ford’s weakest link but that could be about to change with the arrival of this heavily revised version of the compact SUV. For a start, it looks sharper and more in keeping with current Fords (there’s a sporty ST-Line version with a bodykit, too).

Inside, the new Fiesta’s much-improved dashboard has found its way into the EcoSport. There’s more tech in the shape of Ford’s latest SYNC 3 voice-control system, plus an array of safety systems including a rear-view camera. There’s a new engine, too, in the shape of a 1.5-litre diesel in combination with four-wheel drive.     

2018 Volvo XC40

On sale Now, deliveries from Spring  Price from £27,905

Volvo’s recent SUVs have gone to the top of their class. Their comfortable ride, spacious interiors and minimalist, calming dashboards bring luxury and practicality to family travel.

Now the XC40 uses the same ingredients in a smaller package, designed for couples or young families. The central touchscreen, quality interior materials and high specification make it feel as upmarket as Volvo’s other models, and it also has a similar rugged shape, with smoothed corners. Designed to compete with the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, it’s priced at a premium.   

   

2018 Lamborghini Urus

On sale Spring 2018  Price from £160,000 (est.)

Keen to zoom across the countryside at 190mph? Lamborghini’s supercar SUV can oblige. The new Urus is the first ultra-high performance car in this class and it will soon be joined by a Ferrari rival.

The claimed top speed of 190mph is delivered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which can move the car from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds. Lamborghini says that it’s easy to drive in the city, comfortable on long journeys, capable of driving off-road, and can still provide supercar speed and grip on track. We’ll soon find out if the car can deliver all-round performance without compromise.

More SUVs and crossovers coming in 2018

Audi Q3
BMW X5
Citroen C5 Aircross
Mercedes GLE
Nissan Juke
Peugeot 2008

 

New family cars 2018

2018 Ford Focus

On sale Summer 2018  Price from £17,000 (est.)

One of Britain’s favourite family cars will be completely relaunched this year. It’s expected to catch up with the competition, especially in areas like interior space and technology, where it lags behind rivals such as the VW Golfand Vauxhall Astra.

A luxurious Vignale version will be offered, as well as a taller Active model, which has more space between the bottom of the car and the ground, which makes it more capable of tackling rougher surfaces. Ford has not released many details of the new model and the image above is the only official picture so far.
2018 Mercedes A-Class

On sale Spring 2018  Price from (£21,000 (est.)

Mercedes is moving its best-selling family hatchback further upmarket, with a hi-tech interior that has two screens sitting side-by-side. It has released pictures of the set-up, which creates a digital widescreen display that’s standard on all versions of the car (although more expensive models get larger screens), and leaves the rest of the interior relatively clear of buttons.

Optional wood trip, massage seats and 64-colour mood lighting make higher-priced models in the new range more luxurious than the outgoing car. The 2018 A-Class should be more practical too, with more space for passengers, a larger boot and better visibility. The car’s exterior design will be shown later this year.

 

2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback

On sale early 2018  Price from £18,500 (estimated)

On sale Early 2018; Price from £18,500 (est)
The Korean car maker will brighten its all-new, recently launched i30 range with this, the Fastback. It’s actually a five-door coupe with more flowing lines and a lower roof than the other model’s (so check that rear headroom). It’s a sporty car with firmer suspension and a lower ride height than its sister cars and the launch engines will comprise two turbocharged petrols (diesels will follow).

2018 Hyundai i30 Tourer

On sale early 2018  Price from £18,500 (estimated)

The all-new Hyundai i30 hatchback is already on sale and now Hyundai has unveiled the estate version, the i30 Tourer. It looks to be a sensible choice, offering more efficient engines and a quieter, smoother drive. Boot space is a competitive 602 litres and 1650 litres with down. It’s not an exciting choice but continues to include a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

    

2018 Subaru Impreza

On sale Now  Price from £18,995 (est)

Best known for the high-performance versions that resembled World Rally Championship cars, the Subaru Impreza has rarely been top of the list for most family hatchback buyers. This doesn’t look likely to change with the imminent arrival of the latest version. It’s a rather bland-looking affair, while its engines seem unlikely to match the smooth and quiet motors that power rivals, such as the Volkswagen Golf.

On the upside, it has four-wheel drive while Subaru’s comprehensive EyeSight safety system will be an option.
     

2018 Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer

On sale Now  Price from £25,635

Vauxhall is keeping faith with the traditional estate car in the shape of this, the Insignia Country Tourer. It’s a beefed-up model with a raised ride height, body protection and on-demand four-wheel drive, much like the Audi Allroad. Three engines are available including a 2.0-litre diesel producing 270bhp that comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

More family cars coming in 2018

Audi A6
BMW 3 Series
Mercedes A-Class
Volvo S60

       

New sports cars and hot hatchbacks 2018

2018 Audi RS4 Avant

On sale Now Price from £65,000 (estimated)

Audi’s fast estates are legendary for combining practicality with performance that bears comparison with a rocket. The RS4 is arguably the most famous version among enthusiasts and the latest version goes on sale shortly.

 

2018 BMW M5

On sale February 2018  Price from £89,640

No BMW line-up is complete without an M5. The new 5 Series has been on sale now for a few months so this all-new performance version can’t come soon enough. For the first time, it’ll have four-wheel drive; a good thing, too, since its 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces 592bhp.

Despite the weight of the car’s extra running gear, BMW claims it’ll be lighter than the old model by some 40kg, a result of giving it aluminium body panels and a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic roof.

 

2018 Hyundai i30N

On sale Now  Price from £28,000

This is Hyundai’s first hot hatch and with favourites like the VW Golf GTI and Seat Leon Cupra to choose from, it’s taking nothing for granted. Naturally, it’s done a few laps of the Nurburgring, where all self-respecting performance cars are given a workout, and returned grinning from ear to ear.

It’s powered by a 247bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine but there’s a performance pack that raises that to 271bhp and brings a limited slip diff for improved traction. It’s not a Golf, though, so expect prices to undercut that benchmark model.

 

2018 Renault Megane RS

On sale Spring 2018  Price from £29,500 (estimated)

For as long as there’s a Megane, there’ll be a sporty RS version. The new Megane line-up came out earlier last year so, with a launch date of spring 2018, Renault is in clearly no hurry to get its hot new addition just right.

But so far so good since we do know its 1.8-litre turbocharged engine will produce 276bhp and that a still more powerful Trophy version will have 295bhp and a firmer chassis. Add four-wheel steering from the rest of the range and a trick automatic gearbox that allows fast multiple downchanges under braking, and it should be worth the wait.

More sports cars coming in 2018

Aston Martin DB11 Volante
Audi A9
Seat Leon Cupra R
Toyota Supra
TVR Griffith

New electric cars 2018 

2018 BMW i3s

On sale Now  Price from £32,475 i3 S

On the back of the i3 facelift (exterior styling tweaks, an updated iDrive system) BMW is adding a sporty new variant called the i3s. Intended to make the most of the electric motor’s instant thrust, it gains an extra 13 horsepower (hp), taking it to 181hp, for acceleration of 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds – around half a second quicker than the standard car.

Sports suspension is meant to improve agility when cornering. Think of it as the first model in a brand-new electric hot hatch segment.

   

2018 Nissan Leaf

On sale Early 2018 Price from £21,990 (including government grant)

The car that saw the electric revolution coming is replaced by an all-new version this year. The new Leaf is less odd-looking than the old car and more aerodynamic. It’ll be available with a choice of two battery packs but even the standard one is good for a claimed range of 235 miles. In reality, you should expect between 150 and 180 mils but that’s still twice as far as the outgoing entry-level cars. Despite the battery’s extra charge, it takes the same time to recharge to 80% – around 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, the electric motor is more powerful, with faster acceleration. Other improvements include an optional semi-driverless system that will take over driving in queuing motorway traffic at up to 62mph.

More electric cars coming in 2018

Audi e-tron
Range Rover plug-in hybrid

Lamborghini’s electric dream

Lamborghini looks to the future with electric supercar

LAMBORGHINI has teamed up with American researchers to showcase a possible future Lamborghini electric supercar keeping high performance passion alive and it’s out of this world. Lamborghini Terzo Millennio.

Automobili Lamborghini is working with two laboratories of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the new design concept for the Lamborghini of the Third Millennium, as it translates.

The collaboration is substantially financed by Automobili Lamborghini and intended to lead to radical innovation in energy storage systems technology and material science.

If these elements can be made to work they could be at the heart of the cars we drive in decades ahead when carbon fuels are history. And we like what we see.

One possibility being investigated is using the carbon fibre bodyshell as one big energy storage system – and developing within that shell a ‘self-healing’ system that detects and mends cracks and repairs accident damage on its own.

Far-fetched? Well the world is full of technology conceived as a vision and then brought to reality by the boffins told to “make it work”.

The concept physically imagines design and technology theories of tomorrow, while sustaining the visual intrigue, breathtaking performance and, most importantly, the visceral emotion found in every dimension of a Lamborghini. It is made for future super sports car enthusiasts.

electric supercar

Terzo Millennio revealed

Design of the Terzo Millenio is the visionary outcome conceived by the Lamborghini Centro Stile to express future design elements, taking into account the radical changes in technology and anticipating elements of forthcoming Lamborghini design.

An example for a very strong statement is the evolution and further development of the Lamborghini typical Y-signature in the front and rear lights. Lamborghini says: “As a result of the change in technologies the design can be a radical expression of aerodynamic supremacy, based around an entirely new architecture, totally dedicated to perfecting airflow.

“A highly advanced monocoque based on Lamborghini’s Forged Composite technology can be modelled, containing only the energy accumulation system and driver’s and co-driver’s seats, inspired by race cars.”

The technological goal of the project is to enable Lamborghini to address the future of the super sports car in five different dimensions:

  • energy storage systems,
  • innovative materials,
  • propulsion system,
  • visionary design, and
  • emotion.

The first two dimensions are conceived together with the two laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: the “Dinca Research Lab”, led by Prof. Mircea Dinca, Department of Chemistry and the “Mechanosynthesis Group”, led by Prof. Anastasios John Hart, Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Stefano Domenicali, chairman and chief executive officer of Automobili Lamborghini, says: “Exactly one year ago we have signed an agreement with the MIT-Italy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which marked the start of a collaboration between two outstanding entities for the creation of a project that intends to write an important page in the future of super sports cars for the third millennium.

“Collaborating with MIT for our R&D department is an exceptional opportunity to do what Lamborghini has always been very good at: rewriting the rules on super sports cars. Now we are presenting an exciting and progressive concept car.

“We are inspired by embracing what is impossible today to craft the realities of tomorrow: Lamborghini must always create the dreams of the next generation.”

Energy Storage Systems

The strategy of creating super sports cars with uncompromising performance generates Lamborghini’s motivation to revolutionize the approach to energy storage, moving away from conventional batteries and investigating the potential of supercapacitors to equip the Terzo Millennio.

This is in line with the application of low voltage supercapacitors in the V12 Aventador, which started five years ago. The next logical step is the development of a storage system able to deliver high peak power and regenerate kinetic energy with very limited influence from aging and cycling during the vehicle’s life, and with the ability to symmetrically release and harvest electric power.

Thus, the collaboration with Prof. Mircea Dinca is aiming to overcome the limits of today’s technology and close the gap on conventional batteries’ energy density while preserving the high power, symmetrical behavior and the very long lifecycle related to supercapacitor technology.

Innovative materials

To support this revolution in energy storage systems, materials and their functions have to change, too. Lamborghini aims to further develop its leadership in the design and production of carbon fibre structures and parts, enhancing its ability to develop features and functions that take lightweight materials to the next level.

For this reason, the cooperation with Prof. John Hart will investigate the new manufacturing routes for carbon fibre materials constituting the bodyshell of the Terzo Millennio, which will also act as an accumulator for energy storage and enable the complete body of the car to be used as a storage system.

The project also aims to combine the technology to continuously monitor the whole carbon fibre structure, both visible and invisible, with the concept of “self-healing”.

The target is to provide the Terzo Millennio with the ability to conduct its own health monitoring to detect cracks and damages in its substructure derived from accidents.

In this case a self-repairing process starts via micro-channels filled with healing chemistries, reducing to zero the risks of small cracks propagating further in the carbon fibre structure. This allows further weight reduction with increased use of carbon fiber or the application of CFK to high-fatigue parts.

Propulsion System

The energy storage system goes hand-in hand with performance: each wheel incorporates an integrated electric engine, perpetuating the commitment to four-wheel drive and in the meantime harvesting the opportunities provided by electric motors: high torque, reversibility, and the possibility of moving energy by wire.

The Terzo Millennio therefore also embodies the first steps for Lamborghini to go in the direction of creating a “Lamborghini Electric”. Moving the electric motors into the wheels has another positive effect: freedom for designers and aerodynamicists.

Emotion

Fundamental to a Lamborghini hypercar of the future is sustaining the emotion of driving a Lamborghini, and an immersive driver experience. The responsiveness of the electric motors, the four-wheel torque control and the dynamic body control system will enhance the driver’s experience, projecting it into the third millennium.

Finally, the consequent aerodynamics and innovative lightweight approach will result in a new dimension of longitudinal as well as lateral dynamics, in this combination until today unknown from electrified cars.

The Terzo Millenio’s virtual cockpit allows more than travelling the highways of a future world: its Piloted Driving simulation allows the driver to be taken around a track such as Imola by a virtual expert before the driver takes over to feel like a ‘pilot’ himself, experiencing the real car and circuit while following the virtual ghost car.

How fast will it go? That’s one for the scientists to fulfill our dreams… When will we see it, how much will it cost? Only time will tell!

electric supercar

9 top tips to keep your car in shape for autumn

MAINTAINING your car to face up to the wind, rain and cold could save you time, money and hassle.

Autumn can prove a challenge for cars old and new
Your car takes a lot of abuse in the autumn, what with the wind and rain, plus all those pesky fallen leaves getting everywhere. To help keep you on the road, follow these handy tips, courtesy of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
1. Give a your car a good ‘spring’ clean – even if it is autumn. Pay particular attention to the tray area under the bonnet, below the windscreen (called the plenum chamber), where leaves and water can gather, blocking it up. The water can then damage the car’s electrics after seeping through – which can be expensive to fix.
2. Windows are another important area that you need to focus on. Before you start driving, you must ensure that they’re all clear, so get rid of all the condensation, plus the dirty film that can build up on the inside of glazed surfaces.
3. On the outside, check the wiper blades, as this is the start of a six-month period that they’ll be used most. Wipe them with a soft cloth to keep them clean or, if necessary, replace them.
4. Remember to also keep your washer fluid reservoir topped up.

Windscreen wipers

Windscreen wipers can be particularly troublesome in the colder weather

5. Before you switch off the engine, switch your windscreen wipers off first. Because if an overnight frost sticks them to the windscreen, you could blow a fuse.6. And clean your lights: the newer LEDs, in particular, don’t generate enough heat to evaporate any water on the covers.7. Antifreeze levels are important at this time of year, so get them checked at your local garage or service centre. Check your handbook for the correct type, too: you must not mix different-coloured versions.

Headlights

Keeping headlights in good condition is key to road safety

8. Your car’s battery is worth checking, too: ensure the top is clean and dry, the terminals are tightly connected and there’s no sign of corrosion. If it’s more than five years old, you might want to consider changing it, especially if it’s beginning to struggle.9. With the wet and frosty roads you’re likely to encounter over the next few months, you need to make sure that your tyres are in tip-top condition, too. The tread depth should be no less than 1.6mm all over, but if they’re less than 3mm, you might want to think about new tyres, to improve traction.
9. With the wet and frosty roads you’re likely to encounter over the next few months, you need to make sure that your tyres are in tip-top condition, too. The tread depth should be no less than 1.6mm all over, but if they’re less than 3mm, you might want to think about new tyres, to improve traction. 

End of the road for traditional vehicles? Here are the facts

New sales of petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2040 in the UK, which has since been joined by France.

Sweden and Scotland will impose the ban by 2032, and Norway by 2025. Coupled with increasing concern over the carcinogenic effects of diesel emissions, the Volkswagen defeat device scandal, and the link between diesel particulates and Alzheimer’s, focus has turned again to electric cars.

There is still much debate about the long-term environmental benefits of electrically powered cars. What fuel mix will the power stations that generate the electricity be using, for example, and what are the implications for the environment of widespread battery production and disposal? Nevertheless, the key message in the Clean Air Plan is the need for an improvement in air quality for the benefit of human health and therefore the removal of petrol and diesel cars from built up areas. It is not an academic argument on the holistic environmental impact.

The electric car actually predates the use of the internal combustion engine in vehicles. Electric vehicles were popular until their complete decline in the 1930s due to cheaper petroleum fuelled cars such as the Model T Ford. Nevertheless, battery technology has now reached a point where it could be a viable alternative to the use of fuels.

In the last decade, manufacturers’ hybrid and electric offerings have grown – but the market is still small. Only 1.84% of new vehicles sold were wholly electric and 3.46% hybrid (a combination of a smaller internal combustion engine supported by electric propulsion) in September 2017, although this represents an increase of 0.29% and 1.39% respectively on September 2016 figures.

According to a 2014 government survey, consumer resistance to adoption is largely due to concerns over recharging and “range anxiety”, with consumers worrying about how far they can actually go on a charge.

In fact, the average annual mileage of a privately owned car in 2016 was 7,500 miles, equating to only 28.9 miles per day – assuming that the car is used for commuting five times per week. This is easily within the range of electric cars, which typically boast ranges of over 100 miles.

Fit for purpose?

Electric cars arguably suit our modern, digital lives far more than the faithful old internal combustion engine – and most of us are now more attuned to plugging in devices that support our daily lives. Surely visiting a fuel station once or twice a week for about ten to 20 minutes should be a rather alien and outdated concept in an instantly connected, plug-in culture many now live in.

Indeed, the idea of plugging your car in at the end of the day is just a logical extension of the need to plug in your phone, your laptop, tablet or even your toothbrush.

But perhaps therein lies the uptake problem. While we have become accustomed to a portable battery orientated culture, we are also very aware of the potential downfalls this brings. We are familiar with the annoyance of our phone running out of battery while we are using it as a sat-nav to get home, or the degradation of a laptop battery over its lifetime, or the ultimate frustration of waking up in the morning to find that our electric toothbrush has run out of charge. Perhaps the modern human consciousness can’t uncouple its infrequent but memorable frustrations with battery technology to recognise the benefits an electric car could bring.

But this may not be an issue among younger generations. My two-year-old son picked up my scale model of a Ferrari 355 (yes, this is being written by a petrol head), pointed to the engine compartment and said, “daddy, batteries go here”. I grew up maintaining cars with my father, so this was quite a shock – but also a revelation. A cultural shift is underway. The knowledge I proudly hold may be irrelevant to my children as they reach driving age – and the joy of explaining the internal combustion engine to my older five-year-old son already seems more akin to teaching history than technology.

There is already a growing infrastructure in the UK for electric vehicles with 14,548 charging points in 5,207 locations (in comparison to 8,459 fuel stations). There are now on-street chargers in most cities and dedicated parking bays in motorway service stations, although access is more limited in rural areas.

Even if charged at home, the range of most current models should be sufficient for the majority of journeys, with the exception of long distance trips, where a change of pace may need to be adopted to permit for the longer charging periods mid journey. For those who typically drive beyond the average range on a more frequent basis, a hybrid vehicle remains the most suitable option.

The ConversationIn any event, after over 140 years of virtually unrivalled domination, the innovation cycle has finally caught up with the internal combustion engine. The internal combustion engine is dead, long live the electric car.

Ban on petrol and diesel engines from 2040

Ban on petrol and diesel engines from 2040
As your local automotive leasing company, we like to keep you informed about the latest news in the car world. The government recently announced that, from 2040, no new petrol and diesel vehicles can be sold, ending over 150 years use of combustion engines.

What’s changed about the government’s view?

The EU set out rules for maximum levels of air pollution allowed, and over the past seven years, the UK has broken the legal limits each year. As a result, the government is aiming to reduce air pollution through its new Air Quality Strategy, which sets out how to reduce air pollution and improve the overall quality across the whole UK. This is the latest environmental-based air pollution plan; previous plans did not quite reach the levels the EU had hoped for.

There are some members of the government which believe air pollution to be the largest environmental impact to the public’s health. The change is a stark comparison to 10 years ago, when the government heavily promoted the use of diesel cars as being more friendly to the environment. If you own a diesel or petrol car, it is very likely it will be easy to keep these on the road, as the government does not want any negative feelings towards them. Instead, there will be a number of beneficial scrappage schemes implemented to encourage car drivers to make the switch.

What changes will be implemented?

Across the UK there are 17 cities and towns identified as being very high in air pollution; many of the areas are around London, within the M25.

The most immediate changes which you should be aware of are planned changes to the road network, such as the removal of speed bumps, improved layouts, improved timing of traffic lights, fines for vehicles who idle and filters that are retrofitted to diesel engines. The government is keen to avoid any heavy taxes to vehicles and is choosing to invest money in air pollution reducing methods instead.

These small changes will all lead to the ban in combustion engines by 2040, meaning we all move to new electric engines when buying a new car. Over the next 23 years, car manufacturers will be competing to produce the best electric engines, and we are looking forward to seeing the latest models hit the roads.

Three brilliant benefits of personal contract purchase and personal contract hire

When you’re looking to buy a new car, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed by all the options that there are currently available to help you to finance your new purchase., if you aren’t lucky enough to have the money sitting in the bank to buy the vehicle outright. Both Personal Contract Purchase and Personal Contract Hire are easy, convenient and affordable finance packages that will help you to fund  your new car.

1. Ideal if you want to change your car every few years

Both PCP and PCH are ideal finance deals if you are planning on changing your car every few years. With a PCP, you have the option of making a “balloon” payment at the end of the term that would enable you to purchase the car from the dealership. A PCH is essentially a long-term lease deal, so you do not have this option. A PCH is generally only used when consumers are 100% sure that they will not want to keep the car at the end of the term.

2. Low, fixed monthly payments

Both PCP and PCH are ideal, low-risk ways for consumers to finance the purchase or hire of their new car. Interested? Get in touch with the leading automotive leasing company today.

3. Newer cars, fewer maintenance concerns

A huge benefit of lower monthly payments means that you are likely to be able to afford a much newer car. This has the benefit of meaning maintenance or reliability issues are much less likely than if you’d bought an older car. Many new and nearly new vehicles come with a warranty that protects you if anything unexpected breaks. Servicing plans are also common added extras in PCP and PCH finance deals that give you one less financial concern over the duration of your finance agreement.

Both PCP and PCH are ideal, low-risk ways for consumers to finance the purchase or hire or their new car. Interested? Get in touch with the leading automotive leasing company today.

CAP HPI release lowest running costs for electric cars

The worldwide automotive research company CAP HPI has released its long-awaited list of electric cars with the lowest running costs.

Emerging technologies mean that electric vehicles are improving year-on-year in terms of battery life, user experience and value for money. This has led to an increase in consumer interest, with the resultant popularity spike creating a demand for an in-depth study into which models are the most economical.

The CAP HPI research focused on the lowest total cost of ownership, or TCO, which combined the initial purchase outlay with the monthly running cost of each vehicle.

Which electric cars have the lowest running costs?

1) Citroen C Zero

With a TCO of just £508.86 per month, Citroen’s signature electric hatchback takes the crown as the best value electric car currently on the market. The C Zero is a feature-packed, quick-charging vehicle designed with urban navigation in mind, and can be driven away for even less than CAP HPI’s approximated cost via an automotive leasing company.

2) Volkswagen Up

As a practical, spacious city car, VW’s Up has plenty to offer drivers – and that’s before you even consider the low TCO. To keep this boxy Volkswagen hatchback on the road you can expect to pay approximately £530 each month.

3) Hyundai Ioniq

Few electric and hybrid vehicles look as stunning as Hyundai’s Ioniq – and few can match it in terms of affordability, either. With a TCO of £573.11 per month, this is a hatchback which offers a lot for a relatively small price tag. Drivers can expect to find a sophisticated interior filled with technology designed to help the user get more out of their journeys.

4) Renault Zoe

The Renault Zoe can travel up to 186 miles on a single charge, and keeping it on the road won’t break the bank, either. Its TCO weighs in at £578.25 per month, making it an affordable, attractive automatic chock-full of technology.

5) Tesla Model S

While the Tesla name might be ubiquitous with rechargeable vehicle technology, you can expect to pay a premium for the privilege. Tesla’s Model S weighs in at approximately £1195.19 each month, and for this you can expect to get style, safety and power on a scale rarely seen in mainstream electric vehicles.

Environment and government schemes – scrappage schemes by manufacturers are good

2017 has seen the emergence of scrappage schemes by many leading car manufacturers. These schemes have enabled many car owners to invest in a new car or to approach an automotive leasing company in order to get a more affordable deal. Below we will look at scrappage schemes in more detail and why they are a good thing, for everyone.

A wide choice

To date, there are fourteen manufacturers that currently offer car scrappage schemes, including Audi, Ford, Mini and Vauxhall. These schemes allow you to scrap your car with them, even if it is from a different manufacturer. The money you are offered can then go towards reducing the price of your next vehicle, or to getting a reduced finance deal.

How do you know if your car is eligible?

Different manufacturers have different rules regarding the scrappage of cars. For example Mini, BMW and Mercedes only offer a scrappage scheme for cars that have failed the new Euro 5 or Euro 6 emissions tests. Other manufacturers offer different schemes, so it is best to shop around.

Why are they a good thing?

Scrappage schemes are hugely advantageous for a number of reasons. Firstly, they benefit the environment, which is why many manufacturers now offer the scheme. Global car emissions need to be reduced, so scrapping older models that produce more emissions can only be a good thing.

Scrappage schemes also provide better deals for the car owner. In many cases, the individual will be able to own a new car because of the scheme. Other individuals will be able to take out a much-reduced finance deal on a car that is more efficient than their previous make or model.

Are government scrappage schemes available?

At present, there are no available car scrappage government schemes. However, this is all about to change in 2019 when public money can be used to set up local diesel scrappage schemes. This is linked to the new laws being implemented with regards to diesel car emissions. These types of schemes will be incredibly advantageous for the car owner and the environment.

Introducing the VW T-Roc – the latest car in the SUV offensive

Introducing the VW T-Roc – Volkswagen’s latest car in the ever-competitive SUV offensive. This new compact crossover is expected to go on sale in 2017 and features a bold, striking design and all the technological advances possible to make driving this new car an experience you’ll never forget.

The T-Roc is designed to be as confident as you are and exudes this in its detail-obsessed modern design. Unlike many SUVs currently on the market, the T-Roc has a sporty coupé silhouette, and the truly customisable range of exterior colour options means it can look as unique as you like. By day or night, the T-Roc is designed to stand out from the crowd with striking daytime running lights that are built into the bumpers.

The T-Roc is going to be available with a choice of petrol or diesel engines. Whilst the majority of buyers would likely opt for the front wheel drive option, this new SUV will be available with an all-wheel-drive option with their 4Motion transmission. If you are looking for performance in your new car, the TSI petrol engines that will be available pack a punch; refusing to compromise between performance and efficiency. Alternatively, the economic TDI diesel engines are turbocharged and feature direct fuel injection to offer high torque and true sporty performance.

The optional sports pack features sport suspension and combines absolute driving pleasure with outstanding handling courtesy of finely tuned suspension, dampers and stabilisers. This allows you to fully take advantage of the T-Roc’s performance whilst still maintaining full control to help day-to-day driving become a pleasure.

When it comes to driver convenience and comfort, the T-Roc is top of the class. Potential safety extras with this new VW include parking assist, lane assist, and city breaking. If you like listening to music whilst you drive, you can do so with utmost clarity of sound with the new Beats sound system.

With prices expecting to start at around £19,000, the T-Roc is affordable too with a range of finance and leasing options available to buyers. Interested? Get in touch with the us today.